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Top 5: Wheat beer

By Amber Rolt on 16/07/14 10:00 AM

Golden to light amber in colour, the wheat beer lends a crispiness to the brew. They are often slightly acidic, with hop flavour and low bitterness. Typically wheat beers contain 30-70% wheat malt and the remainder is regular barley malt. The wheat creates a haze, and contributes a distinctively silky feel. They are highly effervescent, and mostly light in flavour, making them great summer beers. We have picked out the best wheat beers on the market for you.

1. Blue Moon

This North American craft beer is a refreshing, unfiltered wheat beer which is brewed in the Belgian tradition. It has a uniquely complex taste and a smooth finish. Actress Mila Kunis said that Blue Moon is her favourite beer in a BBC interview.

2. Leffe Blonde

Leffe Blonde is a pale abbey beer with a full and summery golden colour. Also made and brewed in the Belgian tradition, Leffe Blonde is cloudy but golden when poured, with lively carbonation, a good head and soft sweet hops.

3. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Weihenstephaner comes from the oldest continually operating brewery in the world, and is something of a legend in the wheat beer world. It has a clean finish, a light body with a delicious balance of banana and clove.

4. Bell’s Oarsman

Bell’s Oarsman is the go-to Berliner Weisse. It has a subtle tartness and is perfect for summertime. At only 4% ABV with a full body with gentle floral aromas, this is a wheat beer that even non-beer drinkers can appreciate and enjoy.

5. Allagash White

Brewed in a generous portion of wheat with spices and orange peel, this beer is fruity and refreshing. It has a smooth and creamy texture, with a medium body and light carbonation, making it a lively wheat beer with a refreshing character.


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